This is How We Do It: Poetry Journals!

  1. Mrs.M

    October 3rd, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I did it this way my first year…but now we use a 3 ring binder. I include a table of contents at the beginning that the kiddos fill out before we add each new poem. I find seasonal/theme poems that incorporate good rhyming and/or sight words.

    Gena @

  2. Ms.Trinh

    October 3rd, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Great idea! Im going to start doing this in my class too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ms.Trinh

    October 3rd, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Great idea! Im going to start doing this in my class too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ginger Snaps

    October 3rd, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I need to get an upper elementary version of this! I love it!

  5. MJ @ Teaching in Heels

    October 3rd, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I'll be using these poems with my students this year! Love the way you include them all together for students to go back to all year…

  6. First Grade and Fancy Free

    October 3rd, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I have that book! Seriously, I have NOT been using to it's fullest potential,lol. THANK YOU! Starting this ASAP!

  7. Grade ONEderful

    October 3rd, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I have that sight word poetry book. I'll have to start using it more often. I tend to stick with seasonal or theme poems, but I'm thinking you're probably right, that it's much more effective to use poems which emphasize their sight words. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    Grade ONEderful

  8. Jessica

    October 3rd, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Great idea! I need to find that scholastic book so I can use it! I love that you can incorporate the sight words in each line! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!

  9. Miss Griffin

    October 3rd, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I love using poetry! I do something very similar – we also use journals that we decorated with markers and stickers. Each week we have a poem that goes with the theme. When we used HMR for reading, I used poems from one of the teacher resources. Now I just use whatever I find that goes along or one from a collection that I found on another blog. On Monday they glue it in and do some kind of response writing/drawing and I read it to them. Tuesday they echo read it, Wednesday we choral read, Thursday they practice with a partner, and Friday they can read it for the class if they want to. I also let them take their poetry journals to read to self and read to someone. They really like that.

    Fantastic First

  10. Kristen

    October 3rd, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I do a weekly poem that is more or less tied to the season/holiday. Our first poem is about the start of school, colors and a cat one, then we do a month of apples, a month of fall/halloween/pumpkin, a month of Thanksgiving-y poems and then Christmas. You get the idea! Every Friday the kids get a copy of the poem that they illustrate and then we put it in a small paper folder. By the end of the year, they should have 38 poems…if they are there every Friday!

  11. Janae

    October 3rd, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I used binders before, but this seems like a cheaper/easier way to do it! Thanks! 🙂

    The Sharpened Pencil

  12. Booky4First

    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I used to use composition books but they got too full so now I use a three ring binder. I only put the poem on the page and the kids add the illustrations. We highlight words, rhyming words, repeating patterns, sight words, etc. By using different colors of crayons we can underline, circle, etc. It is the main way I review and teach phonetic patterns and chunks!
    I search for poems that contain the phonetic pattern or vowel sounds. I use Stationery Studio to print the words and just have it on the SMARTboard.

  13. Holly

    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Love the stickers – think I'll put out some of mine and let my kiddos decorate their "Poetry Pages". I use duotang folders and use:

    Keep A Poem In Your Pocket By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

    To place on the cover of the duotang. Then I have two poems for each month that I have typed in word. I have them all copied and placed in each folder at the start of the school year. Each month we do one or two poems (I also have them on chart paper). We read them every day during Morning Meeting and keep them in our personal "bookshelves" to read and re-read whenever we want.

    I'm going to have them decorate the front cover though…they'll love the stickers.

  14. Anonymous

    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I like that idea lots! I'll have to look up that book. My poetry center gets done during literacy centers/guided reading. The kids (working in partners) read the poem in a pocket chart with a pointer of their choice first. Then one student takes the sentence strips out and scrambles them for the other student to put back in order. After that, they are to talk about a connection they have to the poem. They each write their connection and draw a picture to match. This paper and a copy of the poem goes into a 3 prong folder until the end of the year. They can always go back and reread the poems when they want.

    It a center that I have seen build great conversation skills.


  15. Tracy Lee

    October 4th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I do a weekly poem too. The poems are seasonal or thematic…. I run them off and have the copier set to 3 hole punch then give each child a copy to put in their poetry folder. The folder is a purple 3 prong cheapie. Always purple for PURPLE POETRY FOLDER… lol. The kids color and read the poem then they have 5 minutes to "tally read" to their friends. They read the poem them place a tally on the page to keep track of how many they have read to. It is an awesome way to practice fluency and with my little ASD friends as well as those with other challenges it provides a good peer model for reading and social interaction. I do think I need to incorporate the sight word poems like you do.

  16. Ms. Williams' First Grade

    October 4th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for sharing! I didn't have enough students buy binders and I was wondering how I was going to do Poetry Notebooks without me forking out the money to go buy binders. This is the perfect solution. Thanks. I love how you leave some blanks for them to fill in the words.

  17. Anita

    October 4th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I am your newest follower! Thanks for sharing all the classroom charts you make–they're great and provide lots of great ideas for those of us who are lacking a little bit in the creative department 🙂 lol

  18. Diana

    October 5th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Thanks for sharing! They look great!

  19. Diana

    October 5th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    All such great ideas!!!

  20. Amy

    October 5th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I need to purchase this book ASAP! 🙂
    *LOVE* your ideas!

  21. Erica Bohrer

    October 6th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I love the sight word poetry pages! I use these as a morning job. For poetry journal, I type up poems in and have them copied on card stock paper and three hole punched. The students echo read the poem with me while finger pointing along. Then we talk about what they visualized in their heads while we read the poem. Next, they illustrate the poem with their visual. Finally, they place the poems in their poetry journal which is a 1 inch hard view binder. At the end of the year they have a book of poems that they have illustrated.
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

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    October 6th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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  23. Kelly

    October 8th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I kind of had one of those "DUH" moments when I read your post. I already have the book from Scholastic, I did poetry journals when I taught kindergarten and I have some kids who need help with their sightwords. Thanks so much for the post, we started our journals this week!

    I saw your post on the Anchor charts for fiction and nonfiction. I am making them for the class, but I am going to make little stickers for each of the stories in our Treasures book then when we read a story the sticker will either go on fiction or nonfiction. I may also do it with book I read to the class. Thanks for all of the ideas.

  24. Caroline

    October 8th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Your blog is awesome! You have so many cute ideas. Do you have any kindergarten lessons for poetry? I am student teaching in a kindergarten class and need help introducing poetry.

  25. glitterandgiggles

    October 10th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I just blogged about your Oz unit! Used it this week and had a blast. Check it out. Plus there's a download that you might like. Thanks for your creations.

  26. Ms. Johnston

    October 11th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Love your ideas, thanks for sharing!

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  28. Lisa

    October 13th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Great Way to do poetry with a little sight word practice thrown in. Going off to buy that book now!

    K is for Kindergarten

  29. Gia

    October 13th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Thank you for sharing! I am super excited about poetry journals in my class too, but I am using the Phonics poetry book from Scholastic. I'd like to get the Sight Word version to go with it! Thanks!


  30. Mrs. "Bossy"

    October 13th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I have that book too! We have been doing them as we learn a sight word, but I always just send the paper home when they have finished. What a "AHA" moment! Duh, keeping them and making them into a book is so smart. Thanks for being smart, and sharing your smarts, so I can try and be smarter too!

  31. Sandra

    October 14th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Just ordered the book on AMAZON!!! 🙂


  32. Nicole

    October 16th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I also use Poetry books in my class. I taught 1st for the past 3 years and was very successful, using a content based poem once a week. Now I'm in 3rd and we still have poetry journals. They are great for building fluency and for Read to Someone time – they all have the same book ready to go!

  33. Michelle Mentzer

    October 19th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I love the way you have put the poetry books together! I have this book and like Mrs. Bossy, I always send them home. I will definetly be doing this instead! Thanks for the idea!!
    Michelle 🙂

  34. Anonymous

    October 30th, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I've been doing a letter of the week poem for our poetry notebook. We have struggled with sight words. Going to try this instead (or maybe both).

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